When was the first time you bet money on a game?
I’m not talking about some office or party pool during the Super Bowl or March Madness. When did you step up to the sportsbook in Vegas or dump some money in an online sportsbook?
For some, or most of you, it may never have happened.In reality, most people only take part in sports betting during big events like the Super Bowl and March Madness. Supposedly, more bets are placed on the Super Bowl than on any other single day sporting event of the year. And, billions more are bet on March Madness each year.
We are fed by the desire for money, but at the heart of it I think we like to be right. We want to be able to say, “I knew they were going to win.” It makes us feel powerful, like we can predict the future.My first time to place a bet through an online sports betting site was two years ago. I’ve always been a big sports fan.
I love watching football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and MMA. I found some free sports picks online that looked good, and I made my picks. To some extent, I enjoy following other sports like hockey and tennis. It was this love of sports that connected me with a good friend of mine. We found common ground talking about sports. As we talked about different games or match ups, he began to tell me about how he would occasionally bet on games.
He told me all about online sportsbooks and how he bet through them. As I learned more, I realized that he was winning enough to make a full-time job out of sports gambling. He was big into betting 8-10 team parlays, where he would put in $50-$100 and end up winning anywhere from $1,000-$3,000.
One look at his bankroll got me interested. Once I realized how easy it was to set up an account, deposit money, and place the bets, I was hooked.Now before I go further, I want to be clear on what kind of gambler I am. I’m not a whale, or part of the ‘smart money’ experts who seem to always know where and when to bet. I don’t use complex statical calculators to find inaccuracies in the lines so that I can expose them for a profit.
I am probably closer to a square, also known as an unsophisticated gambler. I like to think of myself as a wise guy, someone who bets smart and wins more than he loses. For now, the jury is still out on that one. Also, I’m not betting the bank. I bet enough to make it interesting for me. The amount I bet may not be enough for you. I want to bet just enough give me a stake in the game and hopefully come out with some extra spending money.I enjoy the process of making the picks. I am analytical by nature, as every personality test has ever told me.
I love digging into the numbers to find out who should win. The data says a lot about each match up. That’s why most of the successful sports gamblers use statistical tools to analyze the numbers in more ways than a human could, to find the winners. “The numbers don’t lie,” someone once said.
Well, for the most part it’s true. However, the numbers don’t always tell the whole truth either. That’s why I also enjoy the delicate balance between the art and science of picking the winners. More on that later.So once I found out about online sports betting, I signed up.
I put a few bucks into a site and started making a bet here and a parlay there. In a short period of time, I was able to increase my bankroll 9x what I deposited. I got excited! I was hooked! I had just found a way to make some extra money. I was bouncing pick ideas of my friend, he was giving me pointers, and we were both winning.
Then reality came on like a bank robber. I couldn’t win. My picks kept missing, and I went on tilt. Before I knew it, I had lost it all on bad bets. I kept telling myself that I should have cashed out everything but my original deposit, then I could start again from scratch. It would have been an easy payday, and I would have been happy. Instead I was pissed off and ready to quit.
Well over time, my friend talked me off the ledge and kept me interested in the racket. I’ve deposited more money since then, and I’ve had some more success since as well. I’ve had a pretty good success rate at picking games overall. However, my experience at losing money has made me much more cautious with how I actually place my bets.
So now, there are more times than not that I pick correctly in a match up, but I fail to back it up with a bet. If I were to place a bet on every ‘runaway favorite’ pick I make, I might have a lot more money right now. Maybe as I track my picks over time, it will help to boost my confidence for future bets. Either way, I am excited about what lies ahead for Run the Table and the opportunities that this website could create for me, and you as well.Oh, and for me, I’m an online sports betting enthusiast. What are you?